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Mark Parkin

Senior Lecturer


Mark is a senior lecturer in Cinematography and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Film and Media Production.


Department of Media Arts and Communication

Business, Technology and Enterprise

Mark currently is currently undertaking a project called Dwell Time/Xenotopias, funded by the Arts and Design Research Council, to develop the use of Stereo/3D Production in Art Galleries and Performance Spaces.



Gent, S., Parkin, M., Watson, A., Lee, J., Robinson, A., Robinson, S., & Lazenby, M. (n.d.). Solar. [Video works presented on an app].


Gent, S., Watson, A., Lee, J., Wichert, P., Robinson, S., Robinson, A., ... Lazenby, M. (2018). Walk Out. [Video, photography, and sculpture]. Sheffield Institute for Art.


Watson, A., Lee, J., Gent, S., Ternan, M., Parkin, M., Robinson, A., & Robinson, S. (2015). Showreel for Media Arts Walking Research Group. [DVD]. Sheffield Hallam University:


Parkin, M. (2015). Walking art as palimpsest : writing, history and the film poem. Presented at: Where To? Steps Towards the Future of Walking Arts : An international Symposium, Falmouth University, 2015


Watson, A., Lee, J., Gent, S., Ternan, M., Parkin, M., Robinson, A., & Robinson, S. (2015). Poster for Media Arts Walking Research Group. Presented at: Where to? Steps towards the future of walking arts, Falmouth University, 2015

Other publications

Watson, A., Lee, J., Parkin, M., Gent, S., Robinson, A., Robinson, S., & Lazenby, M. (2017). SOLAR - a walking app. Sheffield Hallam University Catalyst Fund

Other activities

He is a member of SHU’s Walking Arts Research Group, where Mark is developing a series of films about memory entitled Palimpsest.


Selected Programmes as Lighting Camera/Director

Traffic Cops & Motorway Cops (BBC1, 2003 - 2013). I was Director/Camera and Lighting Camera for eight series of the popular primetime show and its’ spin-off.

Car Crime in the 21st Century (3 x One Hour, BBC1, 2008). I was Producer/Director and Lighting Camera on this series for over 6 months, shooting with the Met’s Stolen Vehicle Squad, fraud Detectives and Docks’ Police throughout England.

Car Wars (2 Series, BBC1, 2006). 2 x 6-part Series with Greater Manchester Police’s elite Tactical Vehicle Crime Unit.

Double or Nothing (Series, Sky One, 2004) 3 x One Hour Factual Entertainment shows shot in London and Las Vegas over three months. I shot the entire series and directed key sequences in each programme.

Close Up (2 Series for Sky One). A series of one-hour, full access profiles of Premiership Footballers. I directed the programme on Jamie Redknapp following his return, with the support of his family, from a career-threatening injury. I shot the programmes on Dwight Yorke, David Beckham, Freddie Ljungburg, and Teddy Sheringham.

Selected Programmes as Cinematographer

The Riddle of the Romanovs (C5/National Geographic, 1 Hour 2008) Observational Doc about as new forensic investigation on the murder of the Romanovs and the bodies discovered in 2007. Shot in Siberia.

The Girl Who Survived Rabies (C5, 1 Hour, 2007) An investigation into an experimental treatment for the fatal disease. Shot in the Philippines at the San Lazaro Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Manila.

Frankie Dettori (BBC 1 Hour, 2004) Three closely-observed months in the life of the much-loved Jockey, at home and at work, culminating in his winning of the Prix de l’Arc D’Triomph.

Hell’s Angels (C5, 2003) An exploration of the history and current activities of the international criminal motorcycle gangs. Shot in Arizona, Nevada and Georgia.

Smoky Dives (BBC2, 1 Hour 2003) George Melly relives his Rabelaisian youth on the road whilst revisiting some the pubs, clubs and concert halls he once played in.

Hooligans: Foreign Fields (BBC2 Episode in 3 x 1 Hour Obs Doc series. 2002). We had extraordinary access to Lazio’s Irriducibili, examining their far-right politics and influence on the team. Shot in Rome and throughout Italy.

The David Beckham Story (ITV, 72 Minutes 2001.) This was the first access all areas profile. Intimate and often very funny.

True Curse of the Mummy (C5, 2001) Forensic Investigation of a Mummy with extensive historical reconstruction.

Own Goal (Children’s Drama Serial –BBC1. 2000) Children’s BAFTA Nominee for Best Drama. 6 Drama episodes in a series developing literacy skills. Predominantly shot single camera on location I was head of a Camera/Electrical department of up to 13 people at any time..

Prometheus (C4, S16/35mm 1998 Dir. Tony Harrison) A one year production in the UK and throughout Eastern Europe. This was the first feature by the renowned poet and director. I did 2nd Unit Photography throughout the production and additionally worked as 1st AD in the UK.

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